Irish Stew

You can almost taste the rich history and tradition in this Irish stew.

irish stew
Nothing says a taste of Ireland like a good old-fashioned Irish stew.

History of Irish Stew

As traditional foods go, nothing says a taste of Ireland like a good old-fashioned Irish stew. The heritage of the dish comes from necessity and harsher times on the Emerald Isle. Stewing came to prominence in the country in the early 19th century, during a period of economic turmoil that led to mass poverty. With only a pot, an open fire and a few ingredients, even poor families were able to survive on Irish stew. 

On your next visit to Ireland, don’t expect your stew to taste the same everywhere you go. The basic ingredients are the same, but remember, for a dish invented for necessity, it’s been refined in many ways over the centuries. 

This Irish stew recipe is made with lamb, but others are made with beef—perhaps with some Guinness stout added for a deeper, richer flavor. No matter which ingredient you prefer in your Irish stew, the result is a delicious taste of Ireland wherever you are in the world.

This recipe is provided by Brendan Vacations, a company offering numerous ways to experience Ireland and Scotland.

cobh harbor with boats, colorful buildings and cathedral

If you claim Irish descent, there is a good chance your ancestors left Ireland through Cobh on the south coast of Ireland.


Irish Stew Recipe

1 ½ lb lamb neck
5 cups lamb stock
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut
1 celery stalk, peeled and cut into batons
2 banana shallots, diced
8 potatoes, peeled
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ tsp garlic paste
¼ small bunch thyme
¼ small bunch of rosemary
1 bay leaf

Season and sear the lamb.
Sweat the shallots and garlic and add the seared lamb and lamb stock.
Add herbs and skim the stock frequently, allowing the stock to simmer gently.
Add carrots and potatoes after one hour and continue simmering until meat is very tender.
Add celery 10 minutes before finishing.

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